I had a mighty fine time futzing around in the Cuyamaca Mountains that included a ramble up to Champagne Pass. I started out heading south on the Eastside singletrack and then up East Mesa Fireroad.
East Mesa was quite pretty, but I could tell it was a little past the prime of spring color.
On my way eastward on the Deer Park trail I came up a couple of the folks doing the Stagecoach 400 bikepacking event/race. So impressive the kind of mileage this folks are knocking one of the fellows (Mateo Paez) ended up finishing 3rd.
The climb up to Champagne Pass on the Indian Creek trail was a bit of work. From there I took the Pine Mountain trail over to Sunrise Highway at the Pioneer Mail trailhead. From there I made my way over to the Lucky 5 trail. From there I was on one of my favorite routes that included the Upper La Cima, CRHT, Cold Spring, Cold Stream and the Westside trails to close out the loop.
The day turned out to be around 32 miles long with around 4,600′ of climbing.
Riding from the Cuyamaca to the Laguna Mountains and back is a really awesome ride that can range from 31 miles upwards towards 40 to 65 miles and beyond according to what you add on at the ends. The most I have done is around 40 miles. I have made a couple of videos of this ride in the past but I thought it was about time that I put together a page with maps and pictures of the ride. As I working on the map I came across a map file with a similiar name as the one I was starting. When I opened it up I was surprised to see it was the route I was working on. I started digging around through my local copy of my website and found a page I had orginally done up in 2003 and updated in 2007. Somehow, when I did my big website makeover in 2008 I failed to include this page in the menu directory for the trails.
East Mesa in Spring 2007
More East Mesa Spring Goodness
Wildflowers in Big Laguna Meadow
While part of me is a little bummed that I missed this page in the first place, it is sort of cool that it shown up now. It is like finding treasure I buried myself and forgot about.
Yesterday, my boys and I joined other volunteers for some trailwork out on the Indian Creek Trail. Indian Creek is part of the “Tour de Noble” which each year provides many riders with an awesome trail experience. Today it was time to say thanks to the trail with a little TLC. With my Saturday mornings typically being locked-up with my boys’ hockey games, it had been quite a while since I was last out for an organized trailwork event. Luckily we are in between seasons right now.
We met up at the lower Noble Canyon trailhead, where the USFS Ranger escorted our carpooled caravaned up to the trail. Getting there was a bit of adventure on it’s own.
Once up to the trail, we had a nice hike hike up past the waterfall where we then started give the trail a haircut as well as little treadwork here and there.
This was my boys’ third trail work event in the area and they put in a solid days work. By the time they are up to riding Noble Canyon (Which maybe sometime this year) they should not be surprised by most of the lines.
Here is Jake getting a little creative with getting some leverage with the loppers.
Afterwards Charlie from CalCoast Bicycles raffled off a bunch of really cool swag that included hats, shirts, tires, pumps and more with the grand prize being a Camelbak.
I have more pictures from the event on my Got Trail? page.